New Delhi: In a judgement that could have electoral ramifications in Haryana, former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala were on Tuesday sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for corruption amidst scenes of violence by his supporters in a Delhi court complex.

Special CBI Judge Vinod Kumar, who last week had convicted the Chautalas and 53 others, including two IAS officers, for corruption in a teachers' recruitment scam and other charges, on Tuesdayhanded them varying jail terms.

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78-year-old Chautala senior, a four-time former Chief Minister, and his son 51-year-old Ajay Chautala are both sitting MLAs and could stand disqualified from contesting the assembly elections next year if their conviction is not stayed by a higher court.

Under the Representation of the People Act, a person convicted of any offence and sentenced to more than two years imprisonment shall be disqualified from the date of conviction and for a further period of six years after his release.

Supporters throw crude bombs

Unfazed by the violence outside, the judge read out the order of sentencing as Chautala's supporters thronged the court complex threw stones and crude bombs and clashed with police who resorted to lathi charge and use of tear gas in a bid to restore order.

The senior Chautala was not present in the court because of his hospitalisation after being taken into custody last week, his son and all the other convicts were present in the court.

Apart from the Chautalas, the court has awarded ten years imprisonment to Sanjiv Kumar, the then Director of Primary Education, Chautala's former Officer on Special Duty Vidya Dhar, both IAS officers, and political advisor to the then Haryana CM Sher Singh Badshami, curently a sitting MLA.

CHAUTALAS' JBT SCAM: A TIMELINE
 June 5, 2003: Suspended Haryana IAS officer Sanjiv Kumar moved the Supreme Court complaining of corruption and tampering of records in filling up of over 4000 vacancies of Junior Basic Training (JBT) teachers in 1999-2000
 
November 25, 2003: Apex Court orders a CBI probe
 
December 12, 2003:
CBI registers a preliminary enquiry
 
May 24, 2004: The CBI registers a regular case under sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B of IPC  and 13(2), 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption  Act 1988 against Vidya Dhar (the then officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Haryana Chief Minister); Sher Singh Barshami (the then Political Advisor to CM), the then chairpersons and members of the district level selection committees constituted for the posts of JBT teachers in Ambala, Bhiwani, Faridabad, Fatehabad, Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Jind, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Mahindergarh, Panchkula, Panipat, Rohtak, Rewari, Sirsa, Sonepat and Yamunanagar districts and several others
 
February 17, 2005:
Sanjiv Kumar who was also booked in a disproportionate assets case by the CBI, was under scanner for his role in the JBT teachers recruitment
 
May 2005- 2008: Investigation by CBI established that the appointments of teachers were made on the basis of a fake interview list which was prepared at the behest of the former CM, OP Chautala, his elder son, Ajay Singh Chautala, Vidya Dhar, Sher Singh Barshami and the then Director, Primary Education, Sanjiv Kumar and others
 
June 6, 2008: CBI files a chargesheet in the court of Special CBI judge against Chautalas, Vidya Dhar, Sher Singh Barshami, Sanjiv Kumar and 57 others under sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120B f IPC and Section 13(2) and 13(1)(d) of PC Act 1988.
 
June 16, 2008: CBI court takes cognizance of the chargesheet
 
July 23, 2011: Charges framed against 61 accused by Special CBI Judge, Rohini. A retired official of Haryana Education Department was discharged.
 
August 4,2012:  Defence evidence concludes
 
December 17, 2012: Final arguments in the case conclude
December 19, 2012: CBI court fixed January 16,2013 to pronounce its verdict

January 16, 2013: Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, his MLA-son Ajay Chautala and 53 others were convicted by a CBI court. After the court pronounced its judgement, all the convicts were taken into judicial custody. The court then fixed January 22 for pronouncing the quantum of sentence

January 18, 2013: OM Prakash Chautala pleads for leniency from the court. However, CBI sought maximum jail term

January 22, 2013: Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment

Convicted under various sections

All the 55 convicts have been convicted and sentenced under sections 120B(criminal conspiracy) , 418(cheating), 467(forgery), 471 (using forged documents as genuine) of the IPC and sections 13 (1) (d) and 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Apart from the five main accused, four others including a woman have been awarded 10 years jail term, one has been given five years and the rest 45 given four years sentence.

Police-protesters clash

Earlier in the morning, much before the court  was to pronounce the sentence, hundreds of supporters of Indian National Lok Dal clashed with police which used batons and teargas to control them outside the court where barricades were set up to prevent them from entering.

The supporters hurled bottles filled with flammable spirits into the court complex but none was injured.

The supporters had gathered outside the complex in the early hours and clashed with police after it prevented them from entering the court complex. The police used batons and teargas to control the supporters.

Security has been tightened around the complex and entry has been restricted in the court. The court work was also affected and lawyers faced problems getting in.

On January 16, the court had held 78-year-old Om Prakash Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and 53 others guilty of illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained (JBT) teachers in the state in 2000.

JPN/Agencies

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June 5, 2003: Suspended Haryana IAS officer Sanjiv Kumar moved the Supreme Court complaining of corruption and tampering of records in filling up of over 4000 vacancies of Junior Basic Training (JBT) teachers in 1999-2000
 
November 25, 2003:
Apex Court orders a CBI probe
 
December 12, 2003: CBI registers a preliminary enquiry
 
May 24, 2004:
The CBI registers a regular case under sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B of IPC  and 13(2), 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption  Act 1988 against Vidya Dhar (the then officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Haryana Chief Minister); Sher Singh Barshami (the then Political Advisor to CM), the then chairpersons and members of the district level selection committees constituted for the posts of JBT teachers in Ambala, Bhiwani, Faridabad, Fatehabad, Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Jind, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Mahindergarh, Panchkula, Panipat, Rohtak, Rewari, Sirsa, Sonepat and Yamunanagar districts and several others
 
February 17, 2005:
Sanjiv Kumar who was also booked in a disproportionate assets case by the CBI, was under scanner for his role in the JBT teachers recruitment 
 
May 2005- 2008:
Investigation by CBI established that the appointments of teachers were made on the basis of a fake interview list which was prepared at the behest of the former CM, OP Chautala, his elder son, Ajay Singh Chautala, Vidya Dhar, Sher Singh Barshami and the then Director, Primary Education, Sanjiv Kumar and others
 
 
June 6, 2008:
CBI files a chargesheet in the court of Special CBI judge against Chautalas, Vidya Dhar, Sher Singh Barshami, Sanjiv Kumar and 57 others under sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120B f IPC and Section 13(2) and 13(1)(d) of PC Act 1988.
 
June 16, 2008:
CBI court takes cognizance of the chargesheet
 
July 23, 2011:
Charges framed against 61 accused by Special CBI Judge, Rohini. A retired official of Haryana Education Department was discharged.
 
August 4,2012:
  Defence evidence concludes
 
December 17, 2012: Final arguments in the case conclude

December 19, 2012: CBI court fixed January 16,2013 to pronounce its verdict

 

January 16, 2013: Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, his MLA-son Ajay Chautala and 53 others were convicted by a CBI court. After the court pronounced its judgement, all the convicts were taken into judicial custody. The court then fixed January 22 for pronouncing the quantum of sentence

 

January 18, 2013: OM Prakash Chautala pleads for leniency from the court. However, CBI sought maximum jail term

 

January 22, 2013: Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment